Cat started playing music age 7 on trumpet at South East Derbyshire Music Centre under Kevin Holdgate, and earned grade 8 distinction aged 13. She then went on to study at the Junior Birmingham Conservatoire under Alan Thomas, and attained her ATCL & LTCL Trumpet diplomas by the age of 18. Locally, she won the Derby Rotary young musician of the year award in 2008, and was Derby Arts Brass Open Champion 3 times with distinction.
She studied at The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) under Murray Grieg and immersed herself into various styles of music and ensemble to gain experience in all types of playing. These included the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Big Band, Session Orchestra and Brass Band. She graduated with a Bmus Honors Degree in July 2017.
During her degree, she travelled to the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, studying with Jonas Haltia, Tine Thing Helseth, and Anthony Plog and competed in the National Championships in Trondheim with 'Vestre Aker Musikkorps’. Other global travels with different ensembles have seen her perform in Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland (with The National Youth Wind band of Great Britain), Japan (with the Derbyshire City and County Youth Wind Band) and the USA (Atlanta and New York with HotHouse Screaming Kicks Bigband.)
As well as playing Flugel with Derwent, she is a member of the ‘Derventio Brass Ensemble’ on trumpet, and enjoys playing in other ensembles such as Big Bands, musical theatre pit bands, and Classical Orchestras across the East Midlands.